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Letter from the Editor, December 2015

Letter from the Editor, December 2015 Hello readers! The December 2015 issue of The Hurdle Magazine is full of instructional articles, as it seems there are a lot of hurdlers out there with a lot of questions about training and technique In “Bent Lead Leg vs. Straight Lead Leg,” I take a look at this...

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Bent Leg vs. Straight Leg

Bent Leg vs. Straight Leg Over the past two decades or so, there has been a lot of discussion about the benefits of the bent leg lead leg, as the straight leg lead leg had been the traditionally accepted style for many years. And though I'm a proponent of the bent leg lead, I also...

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Bent Leg vs. Straight Leg (as it applies to women)

Bent Leg vs. Straight Leg (as it applies to women) When addressing the bent leg vs. straight leg question in regards to the women’s hurdles, it’s a much simpler discussion than when talking about the men’s race. Simply put, because the hurdles are so comparatively low in relation to the height of the average athlete,...

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Teaching Aggression

Teaching Aggression When coaching beginning hurdlers, one of the difficult things to get them to do is attack the hurdles aggressively. Through trial and error over the years, I have found methods to decrease the beginner’s fear and to increase the beginner’s confidence. In this article I will identify four key strategies I have employed...

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Why Drills Matter

Why Drills Matter Not too long ago, I was reading a Facebook post in a hurdle group where a hurdler was  asking other  members of the group for feedback on his technique based on a video he posted  of a drill with the hurdles moved in. One of the commenters noted  that even though the...

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The Coach’s Role: To Teach or to Win?

The Coach’s Role: To Teach or to Win? The title of this article implies that you have to choose one over the other. Ideally, you don’t. Ideally, the coach can teach much to his athletes, and they can win often. One could argue that unless the coach teaches well, the athletes won’t win very often...

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200 Meter Speed Build-ups

200 Meter Speed Build-ups A good off-season conditioning workout for the 100/110m hurdler, and a good speed workout for the 300/400m hurdler, would be 200m speed build-ups. The purpose is to help in the development of a body clock. For the intermediate hurdler, it serves as a way to challenge yourself. The idea is, if...

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